MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — In North Mississippi they are saluting our war dead of the military. In Monroe County the Memorial Day tradition continues.
In recognition of fallen soldiers, patriotic citizens gathered at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Aberdeen, paying tribute to those resting there. A veteran army officer reflects on the sacrifice of men under his command during the Korean Conflict.
“It was sad and everywhere our people have been that have been highly trained, ready for the unexpected. And then give their lives in an honorable way under combat conditions on foreign soil,” said James W. Ables/Veteran Army Commander.
So the sacrifice of those fallen are not forgotten, there is a practice of calling out their names in an effort to forever memorialize their contribution.
“Ernie Savernon from Minnesota, Dave Chadwick in Korea, he was from Indiana. We had Joe Price that was from Oklahoma,” said Ables.
As Old Glory flies at Odd Fellows Cemetery they are remembering names like James Woodruff, Danny Bird, Clyde Garth, Jr., About 15 minutes away from there they are saluting war dead in Amory.
There was a moment of silence as a wreath is placed in front of names on an Amory memorial, the military dead inscribed there from four wars are from World War One through the Vietnam Era.
“The Guess Boy here on the Vietnam Wall, I knew him as a teenager when he left. See he is one that we lost that I knew. A good young man. You know like most of our military folks, they are good people. They just choose sometimes to be out front, said C. B. Peden/Navy Veteran.
American citizens dawn clothing incorporating the national colors of red, white, and blue; the very same colors found on Old Glory waving so majestically in the Amory breeze. A symbol of freedoms we proudly cherish.
“But it cost a dear price. And freedom is never been free. I mean we say freedom, but its paid with blood,” said Peden.
Originally, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day which was founded as a way to commemorate both confederate and union lives that were lost during the American Civil War.